A former employee in State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office has filed a federal lawsuit... accusing Rutherford of sexual and political harassment. The explosive charges add a dramatic new wrinkle to Rutherford's campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.
Ed Michalowski accuses Rutherford of groping him on at least one occasion -- during an overnight retreat at Rutherford's home. He says Rutherford also propositioned him on other occasions. The lawsuit also claims that Rutherford pressured Michalowski to do political work on state time and to aggressively fundraise on behalf of Rutherford's political ambitions.
Rutherford has denied the allegations and contends that they are politically motivated, coming just weeks before the March primary. He also accuses Michalowski's attorney of trying to squeeze Rutherford for $300,000 in hush money to make the allegations "go away."
WMAQ-TV in Chicago has posted a copy of the lawsuit. Click here to read the entire complaint.